The Dodgers are coming off a 100-win regular season, but yet another short playoff run. If LA is going to go deeper into the postseason in 2024, the Dodgers will be relying on their Big 3 of Shohei Ohtani, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman -- but those three can’t carry the team all on their own.
A few Dodgers had down years in 2023. The Dodgers also went out and signed a few veterans after down seasons on other teams. Those players will need to have comeback seasons this year to support LA’s star power. Here are the four players who will turn around their underwhelming 2023 seasons and help the Dodgers make a World Series run.
4 Dodgers who will bounce back in 2024
Will Smith made his first career All-Star Game appearance after a great first half of 2023. But Smith faded as the year went on, and actually posted the worst OPS (.797) and OPS+ (114) marks of his career, despite the All-Star nod. His OPS sat at .889 before the All-Star break, but then dropped nearly 100 points over the course of the rest of the season. The main reason for Smith's down year was a power drought in the second half of the season. Smith had belted 13 home runs before the break, but only managed to hit six home runs in the remainder of 2023.
But, there are signs Smith will bounce back in 2024. He posted an OBP of .359 in 2024, which is actually higher than his career OBP of .357. Smith was more patient at the plate, posting a career high in walks, and he also had the highest batting average of any season in his career, excluding the shortened 2020 season. If Smith can balance out the patient approach by picking the right spots to be aggressive in 2024, he'll break out of his power drought and bolster the middle of an already formidable Dodgers lineup.